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History and Tendencies of Multimedia

Code: MM0039     Acronym: HTM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Music Technology
OFICIAL Visual Arts
OFICIAL Communication Technology

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://sites.google.com/a/gcloud.fe.up.pt/htm/
Responsible unit: Department of Informatics Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Multimedia

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MM 48 Syllabus 1 - 6 45 162

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
João José Gonçalves de Barros Cruz 1,50
Rui Luis Nogueira Penha 1,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The main objective of this course is to give an insight into the digital culture, addressing the history of electronic music and Multimedia and focus on the multimedia trends.

The Digital Culture curriculum aims to provide students with a broad overview on the impact of digital technology on society and culture, providing mechanisms to analise and reflect on how to establish a critical thinking.

The module on the History of Electronic Music and Multimedia seeks to give an insight into how technological developments in this area forged a new audio culture. Thus it also seeks to promote a critical thinking on the cultural impact of the technological advabces in the field of multimedia.

Finally the module on the Multimedia Trends aims to promote critical thinking about how some of the emerging topics in Multimedia may evolve in the future.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the course students should be able to:

1. Discuss the impact of digital technology on society and culture;

2. Identify and describe the major events in the history of electronic music and Multimedia;

3. Identify the main Multimedia trends and debate their consequences.

Working method



1) Digital Culture:
a) Digital Culture;
b) Digital Vanguard;
c) Digital Counter-culture and Digital Resistance;
d) Technology and Vanguard;
e) Digital Art;
f) Copyright / Copyleft / Copy-fight;
g) Free Culture;
h) Social Media and Participatory Image.

2) History of Electronic Music and Multimedia:
a) classical theatre;
b) renaissance theatre;
c) baroque opera;
d) Wagner and the Gesamtkunstwerk; 
e) the invention of recording and early electronic music examples;
f) musique concrète;
g) elektronische Musik;
h) algorithmic composition;
i) digital / computer music;
j) experimental music;
k) the 'soundscape' concept.

3) Trends of Multimedia:
a) Advanced topics in the research area of Multimedia and Digital Media.

Mandatory literature

Charlie Gere; Digital culture. ISBN: 1-86189-143-1
ed. by Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner; Audio culture. ISBN: 0-8264-1615-2
Packer, R., & Jordan, K.; Multimedia: from Wagner to virtual reality, Norton, 2001
Brockett, O. G., Hildy, F. J.; History of the Theatre (10th ed.), Pearson, 2007

Teaching methods and learning activities

This course unit is composed by both comprehensive seminars and experimental situations. The former present three fundamental axis of the history of multimedia. The latter enable the analysis and debate over the current trends of multimedia.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 120,00
Frequência das aulas 45,00
Total: 165,00

Calculation formula of final grade

The final assessment is performed with a written examination:

0,4 * DC + 0,4 * HEMM + 0,2 * MT

DC - Digital Culture

HEMM - History of Electronic Music and Multimedia

MT - Multimedia Trends


Classes will be taught in English if there is foreign students or if it is deemed necessary (e.g. presentations given by foreign professors). Students can either present their assignments in Portuguese or in English.
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